A healthy life is a balanced life. Balance in spending vs. earning. Balance in nights out vs. staying in. Balance in companionship vs. alone time. Balance in physical activity vs. rest.
Balance in healthy greens vs. mashed potatoes. Balance is important to help appreciate all things in life. You have to remind yourself of what the other side is like otherwise you can’t appreciate it as much. Just like the 4 seasons. Long summers help you appreciate the cuddly and cozy winters. While blizzards help you appreciate the natural vitamin D and flowers. And excessive family time helps you appreciate your alone time. While alone time reminds you how awesome your family and friends are. Camping helps you appreciate the natural beauty of the planet, but also reminds you that mattresses and pillows are also a beauty.
But the most important balance and ultimately the key to a happy life is a healthy balance between entrees and desserts. Admittedly it’s one most of the most fragile balances everyone needs to conquer. And keep in mind, balance does not mean equal in all things. Eating a pound of greens does not necessarily make up for the pound of mashed potatoes you ate yesterday (lesson learned from personal experience). So anyone that attempts to balance their quarter pounder and fries with a quarter pound of apple pie and ice cream, will indefinitely throw up, it’s just physics. Balance between a savory dinner and sweet dessert just means reaching neutral. And you don’t need a quarter pound of apple pie to reach neutral.
All you need is a sweet reminder of what the opposite is like. Like cheese and wine but a lot cheaper! Similar to a frosty with fries, but fancier. The epitome of balance is probably one of the more peculiar but more well known combinations. The classic american breakfast. The bacon & waffles. No logical person can argue that the american breakfast has hit it’s prime right when that maple syrup barely kisses your juicy bacon. That sweet touch on a strip savory goodness just makes the savor explode into fireworks!
And what could be more exciting than a firework breakfast? I have four words for you: Waffles, Bacon, fried Chicken. The fried chicken just adds that booming live music to your fireworks show. Some say, that’s not balance at all. That sweet waffle batter covered in delectable honey maple syrup hugging the seasoned fried chicken have been known to conjure the balance one can only find in eternal happiness.
So you’ve been eating yourself silly for the past two months, maybe three if you love yourself extra. And it’s January now, time to get back on track with work, health, and resolutions, and blah blah blah.
So what’s the next step then to actually attain your New Years Resolution? (like you mean it, for real this time.) Probably getting rid of that last bit of holiday memories, the Christmas leftovers that may or may not be moldy. And then on to the healthy eating phase. Eating things that appear to be more green in a natural way. And if you’re like me, a full blooded American, salad 3 times a day is not an option. Nor is paying someone else money to run for 10 kilometers at 5 in the morning. If it’s not for a good cause, like why would you do that to yourself, and your wallet? But you’ve also seen the “SuperSize Me” documentary and know doing the opposite of a 10k doesn’t actually seem all that enjoyable either.
So where’s the middle ground? Of enjoying yourself healthy? Because let’s be honest, eating healthy constantly is not a trial all of us are ready to handle let, alone meant to bare. And if lettuce was as savory delicious as a bacon burger there would be absolutely no problem.
Well I have bestow upon you a blessing called healthy cheat day. If you kinda try a little bit 4 days out of the 7, it’s still progress because 4 is bigger than 3. The old 3 steps forward one step back track; in the end you still got two steps ahead and that definitely counts for something!
But the trick is keeping is a healthy cheat day. How is that possible you ask? If you’re cheating it should be terrible for you, hence the cheat? Wrong. Kind of. If you use healthy ingredients in your cheat meals than it’s the whole first 3 pounds lost better, and easier to keep up with. Wholesome healthy ingredients equals healthy no matter the end result, it’s doctrine.
That’s where we, Station 22 Cafe, comes in. Cheat day or days (no one’s judging) we can guarantee we’ll have healthy ingredients in your favorite cheat day classics, because healthy organic ingredients is literally all we’ve got in the kitchen so… Your cheat days are safe with us. So is your New Year Resolution. You can even walk around beautiful Downtown Provo before or after your cheat meal and it’ll be like it never happened! Or at least we won’t tell anyone ;)